June 9, 2016

Nanganallur Ardhanareeswara Temple

Site Name: Ardhanareeswarar Temple
Site Type: Hindu temple
Location:  Nanganallur, Near Chennai, Tamil Nadu state, India
Highlights: One of the popular temples of Nanganallur
Nearest Railway Station: Tambaram
Nearest Airport: Chennai
How to reach: Well connected by road 
Hotel: A lot of options across Chennai
Restaurants: A lot of options across Chennai

Nanganallur  is a well known locality in the outskirts of Chennai city. Nangallur can be called as a temple town. There are so many important temples in this small locality. However, most of these temples were built in the recent past. Let us discuss about a temple named Ardhanareeswarar  temple in this article. It is one of the popular temples of this locality.

History:

In the 1960s, Kanchi Maha Periyava was performing his poojas in an abandoned temple tank in Nanganallur area. He spotted a Shiv Linga in the tank and named it as Ardhanareeswarar. As per his direction, the devotees installed that Linga in a thatched shed on the banks of the tank in 4th Main Road. Slowly a temple was constructed for Shiv Linga and other shrines were also built. 

Temple Layout:

Although this temple is a modern day structure, it was built as per the Agama Shastra. The east facing temple has a Raja gopura. 

The sanctum enshrines small Shiv Linga called as Ardhanareeswarar. Ganesh and Subramanya idols are found at the entrance.

In the Maha Mandap area, the shrines of the Goddess Ardhanareeswari, Somaskanda and Nataraj-Shivakami are located. 

Ganesh, Dakshinamurti, Lingodbhava, Brahma and Durga are found as the niche images. Chandikeshwara is found in his usual location near Durga. The sub shrines of Bhairav and Navagraha are also found in the temple.

The highlight of the temple is the big idols of Shanta Durga who is also called as Ashthabuja Durga - Durga with eight arms. Her sub shrines resembles a chariot.

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